Greenlaning North Wales 11/11/18

Sunday the 11th of November 2018… Remembrance Sunday… and Alan had plotted us another route, around Flintshire and Denbighshire –
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We met –
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At the OK Diner for breakfast when they opened at 8am, just west of Ewloe on the A55 North Wales Expressway…
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From left to right – Kev and Freya (his faithful hound), Gary, Brett and me, Dave… no (human) passengers for this trip, just the four drivers…

Brett’s customary opening remarks πŸ™‚
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First ‘lane of the day, parallel with the A55.
Note the slight discrepancy with the route, in the yellow ring there is no way of crossing the A55 at this point, so we drove south-east down the yellow road and then over the bridge in the red ring… more on that in a bit…
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Leaving tarmac and onto the first ‘lane then…

Here it is in full in Brett’s Video.
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And as mentioned above, this is us crossing the farm bridge over the A55 in the red ring on the map above, to get back onto the route…
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Next ‘lane running south-west of Mold

Again, here in Brett’s Video.
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Next. “Fron” it looks like nothing on the map, just a UCR with ORPA dots, but as you can see in…

Brett’s Video, it’s a little gem! πŸ™‚
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Next, heading down to a ford…
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Here on the map, heading south-west.

And here it is in Brett’s Video.
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And my view from behind him leading.
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By this stage I’ve had time to fiddle with the CB and get it working… for some reason, I remembered, it shows AM when it’s actually on FM, and vice-versa! And I’d used it to diagnose my built-in CB as not working, so I’ll have to try it again now it’s on the right frequency!
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Next! ORPA dots and a Ford just west of Nant…

Brett’s Video of it
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We haven’t done this in a long time!
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Then a couple of ‘lanes close together…

Brett’s Video of the beginning of it, before we stop for a pi(t)ss stop for Freya (and me!).

Brett’s Video of the rest of the ‘lane beginning with a group of three ‘crossers passing us…
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Still from this nice wooded ‘lane.
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And then over the BOAT heading north-east…

… here in Brett’s next video.
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And a still from this ‘lane, another nice wooded one…
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Next!

And as you can see in the video, rather than going around Alan’s intended loop, we turned around and came back up the same ‘lane…
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Heading in…
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And heading back up looking back at Kev and Gary…
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Another BOAT heading south out of Graianrhyd, always hard to find, as you’ll see in the video below, despite…
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… having clear signage!

Brett’s Video of it, where again we go up and down rather than Alan’s intended route…
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Still from this ‘lane, this used to be nice and rutted, but was graded many years ago…
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Next, UCR with ORPA dots again…
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My favourite sign!
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Pretty lady hill runner shouts “Morning boys” to us… πŸ˜‰
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Great view as we drop down…
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And the rest of the ‘lane snakes below us…
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Fantastic!

And here’s Brett’s Video of it…
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Next ‘lane…
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But before we do… Brett pulled over? Not like him to stop for a break without being nagged? Ahhh, it was just before 11:00 and we gathered around Kev’s Jimny to hear the radio as Big Ben bonged eleven and we stood for a minutes silence and to remember the fallen in the wars. Very touching moment, and nice of Brett to pull us over for it…

And then back to the intended ‘lane…
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Screech!
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Next, BOAT running south from Bontuchel…

Brett’s Video of it, sunlight streaming through the trees…
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‘Pen-y-maes’ next…

But as you can see at the end of Brett’s Video…
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We’re thwarted by a large fallen tree and the debris around it…
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Four thick trunks to cut through and move… too much for the equipment we’re carrying 😦

So, as in Brett’s Video, we are forced to retreat back…
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Down we go…

And as you can see in Brett’s Video. we have to herd sheep back and forth! They were heading for a busy A-road so Brett managed to guide them into a clearing just before the busy road, and I sneaked ahead of them, and swung round…
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… to guide them back from where they came from… meeting a nice chap in a BMW coming the other way who was local and said he’d ring the Rhug Estate to get a shepherd out to get them back into their home field.
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Hang on. we’ve got offΒ  Alan’s intended route?

Ahhh, one of Brett’s favourites – “Corwen Carwash” Ford.
Brett, Gary and then Kev… but not me! I chose to sit this one out.

Then coming back across again – Kev and then Gary… at speed!

“So Dave is being a wimp, but it is quite deep”… Hmmm, thanks Brett, I won’t rise to any of this, I won’t be goaded into doing something I don’t want to. I felt the river was quite swollen, and I don’t like deep water having drowned two Vitaras in the past…
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Gary with a nice bow wave…
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And he’s back across…

Brett coming back across from my camera…
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A solar farm along the way…
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Heading north up a UCR with ORPA dots to the lovely named Bettws Gwerfil Goch! πŸ˜‰

Brett’s Video of it… you may remember we took the wrong route…
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… here before on a previous trip, heading left down to the river when we should have been “forking right”…
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Hang on if I’m at the back and Alan isn’t here… I have to shut the gates now?! πŸ˜‰ LOL
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Another gate coming up as we leave the field…
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A new one for us…

As seen here in Brett’s Video.
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Alan’s replacement… my ‘Monty Python’ pointy gate holding stick!
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At first we couldn’t see the route, but GPS on our phones showed we were on the right course… here I can see the tracks of the others though after shutting the gate and retrieving my pointy stick.

Brett’s Video, through the gate and briefly into the farmyard and then back out again…
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A few tarmac miles to…
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… emerge out of the forest and onto ‘Maes Cadarn’ another BOAT
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Nice and rutted!

As you can see in Brett’s next video…
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Hafotty Bach to Bryn Ocyn…

Brett’s Video of the first bit, where…
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…we headed into the tree lined tunnel around the farm…

The second half, whereΒ at 8 minutes in you can hear another group on the CB…
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Sharp left and towards Bryn Ocyn.
Where we stop for a quick chat with the group of Landies, before…

… Brett remembers to start recording again.
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Gary shutting the gate behind us, I’m now third in our little convoy having done my turn of closing gates πŸ˜‰ Come back Alan! πŸ˜‰
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Blinding sun as we come off Bryn Ocyn…
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Nice tight and scratchy lane north out of Nantglyn…

Here on Brett’s next Video…
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Now following Kev, and Freya.

Then we’re up Segrwyd…
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A nice GREEN lane.
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Stopping for a couple of horses, which are stood out of the way to the right of the ‘lane. despite us pulling over and stopping engines, they rathered we passed them than vice-versa…

Brett’s second half of the ‘lane after meeting horses

Next, Foel Farm / passed the ATV centre… note pathetic man-made (or man assembled) obstructions on the ‘lane 😦

Brett’s Closing Remarks…
And as we ended in Denbigh and shook hands, etc, I thought I might as well wash the Jimny at Maldwyn Williams’ facilities at the bottom of the Colomendy Industrial Estate, for Β£3, rather than getting the local hand car wash fellas to do it, as they charge me a tenner!
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And, you’ll notice it’s still daylight! We finished early around four, which allowed the others to get home to watch the football and Formula One… and I had a nice nap for an hour, as I don’t ‘do’ Sport πŸ˜‰

A good end to a great day then! Thanks to Alan for plotting the route, shame he couldn’t make it again this trip 😦 Thanks to Brett for leading and videoing, and Gary, Kev and Freya for helping make it what it was… a well needed great day out’s R&R in the countryside, greenlaning with a great bunch of people! Cheers!


 

2 thoughts on “Greenlaning North Wales 11/11/18

  1. Another great day out 4×4’ing That was “MUCH NEEDED” after 5weeks of solid working … it is “SO GOOD” to get out and not have to think about work 24×7.

    Next Trip is again in North Wales planned for Sunday 2nd December, but, sadly Dave cannot make the date as it’s his Fathers’ 80th birthday and I might be working in Madrid .

    IISSDY?

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